On May 10th, internationally acclaimed environmental artist, Wyland, presented Mayor Muoio with the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation! Congratulations WPB for making us #1! Please follow through with your pledges to save water and protect the environment! Click here for more information about how you can help to conserve water.
The grand prize, a Toyota Prius, was awarded to Ivan Milensky of Tuscon, AZ. Hundreds of other prize winners are to be selected and the winners will be notified by the Wyland Foundation by July 1st. Notifications will be made via email and telephone using the contact information provided on the pledge.
The Challenge, hosted by the Wyland Foundation, was a friendly competition between cities held during the month of April encouraging residents to go online to make pledges to alter daily lifestyles to save water and reduce waste. We congratulate our residents for their recognition of the importance of water conservation to preserving a sustainable future for the community as well as for the global environment.
Residents in all 50 states made more than 44,000 online pledges to save 742,175,738 gallons of water. In addition to making water-saving pledges, challenge participants pledged to reduce their use of plastic water bottles by more than 5.4 million bottles and eliminate 69.9 million pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds. Pledges also resulted in potentially 18.3 million fewer pounds of landfills and 2.2 million fewer pounds of fertilizer.
For tips on how to save water every day and to learn about water efficient products for the home, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
About the Wyland Foundation
Founded in 1993 by environmental artist Wyland (best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals), the Wyland Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the county about our ocean, rivers, lakes streams, and wetlands. The foundation’s latest project, FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate – and us) brings together the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, and numerous non-profits to teach young people about the future of our water supplies, climate, and global health. www.wylandfoundation.org